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Wal-Mart’s Class Action Conundrum

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, April 4, 2011

Why employment discrimination and class action laws don’t mix

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A Democratic Middle East?

by Stephen Haber, Victor Menaldovia Defining Ideas
Thursday, March 31, 2011

Look to the region’s economic—and even geographic—history for a hint of its political future.

Stop the Football Merry-Go-Round

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, March 29, 2011

NFL players want it both ways—to bargain under the best parts of labor and antitrust law.

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Unexceptional America

by Ken Jowittvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, March 24, 2011

Well that’s what the president thinks…

The Road to Nuclear Hell

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, March 22, 2011

…is paved with good intentions—and faulty calculations of risk.

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Social Security: Chronicle of a Death Foretold?

by Charles Blahousvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, March 17, 2011

The crafters of the 1983 reforms did not intend to pay in advance for today’s shortfalls.

The Follies of Rent Control

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Our federal courts have made a pig's ear of property rights.

Abusing a Dead Marine

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, March 10, 2011

Why did the Supreme Court place free speech on a pedestal?

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The Work Ethic, RIP

by Russell Muirheadvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, March 10, 2011

As the work ethic goes, so goes our sense of meaning and purpose in the workplace.

Throttled by Compliance

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Feckless regulations will kill America’s innovative spirit.


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